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NASCAR Expands Clash Field for 2023

The NASCAR Cup Series’ Busch Light Clash will expand from 23 to 27 cars for 2023, NASCAR announced Dec. 22.

The main event’s field size increases by four cars from its inaugural running at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum.

Much like in 2022, 2023’s event will feature multiple heat races and a last-chance qualifier to set the field for the 27-car main event.

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Drivers who finish first through fifth in their respective heats will make it into the race, followed by positions first through third in the last-chance qualifier.

The 27th position will be reserved for the highest-finishing driver in points from 2022 not already in the field otherwise.

The Clash will be held Feb. 5.

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Of course they do! It’s always quantity over quality!


To me, the Clash at the Coliseum just doesn’t work. I’d love to see it at a 1-mile track where they don’t get strung out.

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